The Warrior’s Destiny

Written by Siddhi Latey (Weloquent)

A great Japanese warrior named Nobunaga was going to war with a fierce enemy with only one-tenth the number of men the opposition commanded. He knew that he could win the fight with a well-planned strategy, but his soldiers were in doubt.

On the way, the leader stopped at a Shinto shrine and told his men: “After I visit the shrine I will toss a coin. If the head comes, we will win; if tails, we will lose. Destiny holds us in her hand.”

Nobunaga entered the shrine and offered his prayers. Then he came forth and tossed a coin in front of his men. Heads appeared. The soldiers were filled with confidence and were eager to win the battle.

“No one can change the hand of destiny,” one of his attendants told him after (they won) the battle.

“Indeed not,” said Nobunaga and showed the coin which was doubled with heads on both sides.

Moral: You are the creator of your destiny

We often see people curse their destiny when they don’t get what they want. Especially in the light of the pandemic, it is hard to have faith in the future. It is easy to have faith in your capabilities when you keep winning, but our faith often dwindles when climbing uphill. However, learning how to believe in yourself in such circumstances can also pave your way for endless possibilities.  

Here are three simple ways to help you restore faith in yourself, regardless of the situation you are in:-

Change Your Perspective   

It is important to accept your drawbacks and failures however, the perspective you maintain while doing this is a determining factor in outlining future successes. In India, we are often threatened by superstitions and encounter them regularly. On such occasions, it is important to have our wits about ourselves and have the ability to make logical and reasoned deductions instead of blindly blaming external circumstances for our failures. In this story - Warrior’s Destiny, we see a leader transform the destiny of the battle by changing the perspective of his soldiers.    

 Observe How You Feed Your Thoughts

We are surrounded by information. Whether we like it or not, television, social media, as well as our social circle constantly feed our brain with unfiltered information. The human brain is a complicated system that transforms physical stimuli such as touch, heat, sound waves, or photons of light into electrochemical signals to process information. If you feed your brain with positive information, it will inspire you to bounce back from your failures. Watch documentaries and read about people who have achieved great feats by overcoming their obstacles. Find inspiration from the outside world and lift yourself up when you feel low.

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

A strong mind stems from a healthy body. The stronger you feel physically, the better you will be in performing tasks that require a lot of thinking and logical abilities. A healthy lifestyle includes getting at least eight hours of peaceful sleep, waking up early, exercising, and eating a healthy and balanced diet. The right diet plays a particularly important role in keeping you fresh throughout the day. You may have noticed that after eating one too many sweets, you feel drowsy, or the hour after lunch is usually dull. Considering these, limit your sweet intake, and don’t leave important tasks for the afternoon. Take time to examine how your body performs and prioritise your tasks accordingly.